What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

Upcoming events (5+)

Presentation - "Adventure Travel -- Peak Thrills on Three Continents"

Eaton Canyon Nature Center

WHAT: "Adventure Travel -- Peak Thrills on Three Continents" WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena Combining images and stories from Asia, Africa and South America, veteran mountaineer Jim Vanderaa will transport us to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Ecuador’s Mt. Cayambe. His 92-mile trek to Everest’s base camp with only a Sherpa guide took 16 days. Although his route in 2014 was not the usual one, he found it more accessible than people realize, and can offer travel tips to anyone considering the venture. His ascent of 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania included a visit to a Masai village, and a fivc-day safari through Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro National Parks. Peaks scaled in South America’s Andes mountain range included 18,996-foot. Mt. Cayambe. (photo) A social reception at 7 p.m. precedes the 7:30 program sponsored by the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s Forest Committee. The program is free and the public is welcome. For information, email Don Bremner at [masked] or John Monsen at [masked]. Directions to Eaton Canyon: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take the Altadena Drive exit (if westbound on the 210, take the Sierra Madre off-ramp, and at the bottomr go west another few blocks to Altadena Drive), drive north toward the mountains about a mile, and 500 feet after crossing New York Drive, turn right into Eaton Canyon Park. The Nature Center is on the left from the parking area.

Six Peak Sunday Desert Divide to South ridge trail

South Ridge Trail

Lets do the Desert Divide from Fobes trail This section has only recently been reopened. We'll hit all the upper peaks on the desert divide plus Red Tahquitz and Tahquitz fire lookout then descend via the South Ridge trail to Fern Valley. This is a one way shuttle hike 13 miles 6k plus gain some scrambling and cross country travel involved strenuous advanced hikers only. Participants will be selected from the waitlist max 10 hikers We'll meet at South ridge trail and drop shuttle vehicles then proceed to Fobes trail. Adventure pass required WAIVER OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER: THESE ASSISTANT ORGANIZERS ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL HIKERS AND MAY NOT BE TRAINED TO HANDLE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY YOU AGREE TO NOT HOLD MEETUP OR ANY ASSISTANT ORGANIZER OR MEMBER LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF THIS EVENT. PLEASE CARRY YOUR OWN PERSONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL KIT AND ALL MEDICATIONS YOU MAY NEED WHEN HIKING. HIKING IS AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITY THAT CAN CAUSE INJURIES FROM SLIPS/FALLS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FRACTURES, SPRAINS, HEAD INJURIES, LACERATIONS AND SNAKEBITES, HEAT STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION FROSTBITE. ALWAYS LET THE HIKE LEADERS KNOW IF YOU ARE LEAVING THE GROUP, STAY ON THE TRAIL, NEVER HIKE ALONE, AND BY ALL MEANS, USE YOUR OWN COMMON SENSE WHEN HIKING.

PCT North to Live Oak Overlook

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We will begin at the PCT parking lot on Hwy 74 and hike northbound on the PCT until we reach the live oak canyon overlook. That is around six miles. Depending upon the interest and time, we may opt to hike down to the spring which will add another two miles and 1600 feet in elevation gain and loss. So the total will be 12 to 14 miles. Beautiful views, pines, wonderful rock formations etc. After we are done we will go to the Paradise Café for a well deserved bite to eat. I will update the description in a few days. Should be nice and green. The address of Paradise Café is given for reference only as meetup requires address

***Mammoth Snowshoeing Weekend***

Inyo Craters Trail Mammoth Scenic Loop

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP. Well I don't know that we can count on Southern California giving us any snow this year... again! Fingers crossed but let's plan a snowshoeing trip anyway! Mammoth has gorgeous groomed snowshoe trails all over the place! Let's go and explore on and off trail! The groomed trails are great for all levels of snowshoeing, however we will be traveling some long distances. Some additional backcountry exploration will be optional! You are responsible for organizing your own accommodations! FRIDAY Meetup @ NOON INYO CRATERS TRAILHEAD @ Mammoth Scenic Loop Parking Area 8MI R/T snowshoe to Inyo Craters. (Following Hwy. 203 toward Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge, turn right on Mammoth Scenic Loop. Follow this paved, two-lane road 2.7 miles to the Inyo Craters turnoff. Turn left and follow the signs to the parking lot at the Inyo Craters trail head. Park here.) THE MAP PIN IS A GENERAL AREA. https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Inyo+Craters+Trail,+California+93546/@37.6914274,-119.018063,15z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8096128cfd7ceb69:0x63fe604878bf8c4d!2m2!1d-119.0093082!2d37.6914277 SATURDAY Meetup @ 8am MAMMOTH ROCK TRAIL parking. Take Old Mammoth Road from Main Street and follow it until the road is closed (winter closure). This is the general area for Mammoth Rock Trail parking (snow may be covering the parking lot and make it hard to see). There are bathrooms and benches and the road closure metal gate (again depending on snow level it may be hard to see). Park in this area. We will congregate here and "hopefully" be able to start snowshoeing right from the parking area. We will head to Mammoth Rock and generally explore the area. This will be a full day event so please have lots of hydration, snacks, energy and lunch. https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Mammoth+Rock+Trail+Parking/@37.6315273,-119.0024782,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80960c5dff48856f:0xd6bdf33ddc3dfd5c!2m2!1d-118.9932941!2d37.6186283!3e0 ***GROUP DINNER OPTIONAL @ MAMMOTH BREWING CO. EATERY @ 7PM*** Sunday head for home! SNOWSHOES CAN BE RENTED IN THE MAMMOTH AREA OR ARCADIA REI among other places I'm sure! Do your research if you need to rent. Please rent backcountry, ascending style shoes. **15 PEOPLE ONLY** NO PLUS 1'S or GUESTS and NO DOGS*** If you would like to join the event, answer the questions upon RSVP. You must have a completed profile with a photo of YOU and hiking history. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows, don't sign-up. THE TEN ESSENTIALS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must have micro-spikes and snowshoes and winter clothing, waterproof boots and all essential gear! THINK WATERPROOF and LOTS OF LAYERS! *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this event, you acknowledge, agree and do not hold any of the group or members responsible for your participation. You agree that this event can be dangerous and involve risk. You agree you are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. Including participation in carpools to and from destinations. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to participate with me and fellow attendees. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER and/or UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT.

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